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“Asian Food festival a failure” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Whitby's Restaurant & Bar

Whitby's Restaurant & Bar
147 The Terrace, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
499-9500
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Ranked #316 of 652 Restaurants in Wellington
Price range: $12 - $60
Cuisines: Bar, New Zealand, Family Fare
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations, Buffet
Description: Opening times: 06:30 - 22:00 hrsThis locally adored restaurant invites you to enjoy Wellington from a breathtaking perspective. Ascend to the James Cook Hotel’s 17th floor for sweeping views of the city and harbour. Partake in the opulent buffet, with our Chef personally crafting made-to-order dishes on the live cooking station, or choose a selection from the a la carte menu of regional specialities and international fare. To end your evening on a romantic note, visit the Piano Bar for an after-dinner cocktail.Whitby’s is also available for private events. Please contact us to discuss arrangements.Opening times:•Breakfast : 06:30 – 10:00 hrs•Lunch: 12:00 – 14:30 hrs•Dinner: 17:30 – 22:00 hrs
(early-bird: 17:30-19:00)•High Teas: 10:00 – 17:00 hrs•Piano Bar: 10:00 - lateGrand High TeaOpening times: 11:00 - 16:00Grand High Tea at the James Cook is a Wellington tradition, perfect for book club get-togethers, showers or unwinding after a day of shopping. Relax and savour a fine selection of Dilmah teas and Gravity coffees, paired with scones and cakes fresh from the hotel bakery, traditional finger sandwiches, petite savouries and desserts and chocolate dipped strawberries.
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Asian Food festival a failure”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We went there expecting a feast of Asian food, but instead we were greeted by an array of Greek salad ingredients, tasteless boiled shrimps, salmon sashimi with chewy skin on, roast lamb without any Asian flavors, and a couple of stew type meats with curry powder mixed in. The only saving grace was the dessert section, and yet most of them was non Asian.
This is the worst Asian meal I have ever had in Wellington. Frankly any Asian food court or takeaway is far better than this. we will never return.

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English first
Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Very good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Always a very good breakfast in Whitby's restaurant at the James Cook. Highly recommended but note does not open until 6:30 am on weekends (staff are very helpful and accommodating with room service for earlier breakfasts).

Visited May 2014
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Top Contributor
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Service but.....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Good atmosphere however for $48 per person I thought bit expensive for what u got.not much variety as b4 maybe cutting cost? Maybe so but business for me is built on reputation.
It was a Sunday nite only a few tables were filled maybe 8 or so not much food as b4 lacking its usual class...however have second thoughts going next time....but a good view was a bonus .staff were friendly and service was good.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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“Easter Family Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Awesome food, great service, restaurant was packed but they still managed to provide such attention with a smile. Thank you

Visited April 2014
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good food, but...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Breakfast at Whitby's is a little expensive for value at $26.50 continental-style. The cereal selection was across the room from the fruits, as was the fruit juices. A little unusual, I thought. Ambience was pleasant, although a little sterile I thought...

Visited April 2014
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